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About Pacific Air War Archive

The Pacific Air War Archive includes personal and official memorabilia and materials documenting the experiences of members of the 43rd Bomb Group in the South Pacific during World War II. The 43rd began operations in southeast Asia in November 1942 as one of two heavy bombardment groups in General Douglas MacArthur's Fifth Air Force.

The Pacific Air War Archive developed under the aegis of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University and members of the 43rd Bomb Squadron and their families. Since 1994 under the founding direction of Roy Rosenzweig, RRCHNM has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.

Each year RRCHNM’s many project websites receive over 16 million visitors, and over a million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research.

Contributors

Members of the 43rd Bomb Group and their families contribute to this archive. Occasionally official documents from the National Archives supplement these materials in order to provide additional insight into events or people.

Who has rights to this content?

Copyright for the materials in this archive rests either with contributors, with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, or with institutions from which materials were drawn.